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BBVA Compass passes midyear stress test
BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc. would have enough capital to weather an economic downturn, according to its mid-year stress test. The Houston parent of Birmingham’s BBVA Compass this week disclosed its company-run stress test results, which is based on a hypothetical scenario designed to help assess the strength of the organization and its resilience to severely adverse economic conditions. Under the two-year hypothetical scenario, the company assumed the unemployment rate could peak at 11.
Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, September 19, 2014 5:35:00 PM


Lakeview property acquired for expanded Metropolitan apartments
Houston, Texas-based The Bomasada Group has closed on the Lakeview property that will become the Metropolitan apartment complex. Construction on the project will begin in the spring of 2015. Originally announced as a $40 million investment with 254 units over four stories, the project has since been expanded to include an additional story and 315 total apartment units, Bomsada senior vice president John Gilbert said in a statement this afternoon. “Our original plans were to build a fo...
Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, September 19, 2014 4:37:00 PM
Regions passes mid-year stress test
Regions Financial Corp. would have adequate capital during a severely adverse economic environment, according to the results of its mid-year stress test. The Birmingham bank holding company for Regions Bank this week disclosed the results of its self-administered 2014 Mid-cycle Stress Test. The disclosure is required under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In its filing, Regions said given its core businesses consist of traditional banking activities, the com...
Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, September 19, 2014 4:30:00 PM
Which Birmingham executive gave $1M for stem cell research in Alabama?
Chris Drummond, the youngest son of coal magnate and CEO of Drummond Co. Garry Neal Drummond, was recently revealed as the man behind the anonymous $1 million donation to the Alabama Institute of Medicine earlier this year. Tory Williams, cofounder and Vice President of AIM, revealed Drummond as the source of the donation, which will go to stem cell research, at a fundraising event and promotion for her book "Inevitable Collison." According to Williams, Drummond made the donation becau...
Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, September 19, 2014 4:05:00 PM
BBJ names Women to Watch award winners
The Birmingham Business Journal unveiled the winners of its Women to Watch awards at its Women's Summit on Friday. The BBJ created the Women to Watch Awards to recognize talented leaders who are making a difference in the Birmingham business community. The BBJ accepted nominations online for several weeks and chose this year’s honorees based on both career accomplishments and how nominees are impacting the community. Here are the winners: Denise Jeffries, Regions Jeffries is se...
Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, September 19, 2014 3:49:00 PM
Regions and three other Alabama banks receive federal money distressed communities
Four Alabama banks, including Birmingham-banking giant Regions Bank, have been awarded nearly $1 million in federal funding for their lending and investments in low-income and distressed communities across the nation. The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund announced that the banks and 65 other Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.-insured depository institutions nationwide received awards totaling nearly $17.9 million. The awards are being made thr...
Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, September 19, 2014 3:44:00 PM
Stewart Perry to give Piggly Wiggly Alabama Distribution an upgrade
The Piggly Wiggly Alabama Distribution Co. is getting an upgrade. Stewart Perry Construction announced this week it will start work on Sept. 29 on new office space and a remodel of some of the 2400 J Terrell Wooten Dr. facility. The total cost of the contract is $807,084. “Stewart Perry has grown because we've enjoyed business with repeat customers,” said project manager William Byrd in a statement. “It's something we are proud of. In the past, we've built Piggly Wiggly's retail store...
Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, September 19, 2014 3:30:00 PM
Children's of Alabama sends $5M to UAB
Children's of Alabama has further solidified its partnership with the University of Alabama at Birmingham by pledging $5 million to The Campaign for UAB: Give Something, Change Everything. According to UAB's website, The Campaign for UAB aims to raise $1 billion to allow the school to "expand educational and cultural opportunities, advance research and patient care and fuel economic development." Children's is giving the money to UAB's School of Medicine to support its pediatric service.
Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, September 19, 2014 2:19:00 PM
Six lessons PR lessons CEOs can learn from Roger Goodell and the Ray Rice incident
The Ray Rice/Roger Goodell story has transcended sports, and the core problems aren’t limited to professional sports leagues. They occur in organizations of varying sizes and missions all the time. There are high-profile, highly productive employees in many organizations who, unfortunately, also pose significant risks to their employer’s reputation and the trust of its stakeholders. The NFL had many opportunities to prevent the tragedy of Ray Rice’s punch from becoming a full-blown publici...
Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, September 19, 2014 1:36:00 PM
Highland Commercial Mortgage provides $5 million in financing for Georgia project
Birmingham-based Highland Commercial Mortgage has provided bridge financing for a major apartment development in Georgia. The Summit Place at Limestone apartments, a development in Gainsville, received $5.84 million in bridge financing from Highland, while the HUD MAP lender consolidated the project's debt, eliminated duplicate expenses associated with alternative financing sources and accelerated the HUD 221(d)(4) loan processing time. “This transaction for Summit Place at Limestone con...
Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, September 19, 2014 1:26:00 PM
Neighborhood Barre to open in Lakeview Monday
Lakeview is getting a barre studio. Birmingham natives Rebecca Williams and Sara Nall will be opening Neighborhood Barre at 2808 Seventh Ave. S. on Monday, Sept. 22. Bill Sanders of Cushman & Wakefield EGS represented the tenant in the lease. The 1,800-square-foot studio will offer free child care to clients beginning at 9:30 a.m. on weekdays, as barre-goers immerse themselves the latest craze in the fitness world. Barre classes involve a workout that fits ballet, pilates and yoga ...
Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, September 19, 2014 1:23:00 PM
?Proxsys Rx moves into new company headquarters
Proxsys Rx continues to grow after moving into a new office that will serve as corporate headquarters. The new location is at 1500 Urban Center Drive, Suite 530 in Birmingham, according to a release from the company. The office can be found in the Urban Center at Liberty Park. Based in Birmingham, Proxsys Rx is a leading integrated outpatient pharmacy provider in the U.S. health care market. “The new corporate office more than doubles our space available at a time of significant growt...
Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, September 19, 2014 12:42:00 PM
Platypi acquires FourMetrics, adds new branch to operations
Birmingham-based software consultancy company FourMetrics has been acquired by Birmingham startup Platypi in a deal that will add a service branch to Platypi's operations. Platypi was founded by three previous Microsoft engineers and the startup has developed an enterprise-level mobile application development platform that enables designer and developers to create cross-platform apps for businesses. "The whole purpose of acquiring FourMetrics was to accelerate our services program, which...
Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, September 19, 2014 12:32:00 PM
Ashley Mac's seeking new location in Hoover area
Birmingham-based Ashley Mac's is seeking a new location in the Hoover/Vestavia Hills area. This week, we reported Consider It Joy Baking would be taking the 1,200-square-foot space currently occupied by Ashley Mac's at 759 Shades Mountain Plaza in Bluff Park. The grab-and-go location was the first Ashley Mac's to open in the area, but manager Fletcher Flynn said this week the new business model for Ashley Mac's requires a full-service venue. “As part of our commitment to meet this inc...
Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, September 19, 2014 11:50:00 AM
Alabama’s unemployment at 6.9 percent
Alabama’s unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in August, slightly down from 7 percent in July, but up from 6.5 percent a year ago, according to Gov. Robert Bentley’s office. August’s rate represents 147,346 unemployed persons, compared to 148,652 the previous month and 138,196 the prior year. Bentley said August’s unemployment rate drop from the previous month is good news for Alabama. “We’ve seen more jobs come online, and those jobs are being filled by people who want to work,” he… ...
Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, September 19, 2014 11:49:00 AM
An inside look at Birmingham banks' branches of the future
The physical branch isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. But the teller line might as financial institutions use more technology and cross-trained employees to attract new customers and retain existing ones. In today’s Cover Story, we took a detailed look at the branch of the future trend and its potential impact to Birmingham’s banking industry. “In the end, there may not be a bank on every corner, but there will be a bank in everyone’s pocket or on everyone’s wrist or integrated with… ...
Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, September 19, 2014 11:07:00 AM
How a Birmingham single mom scored a Dr. Pepper contract
Felicia Jackson is a Pepper and wants everyone who passes by her to be a Pepper too. As a contractor for Dr. Pepper, this once-poor single mother has secured herself not only a lucrative deal with a major soft drink maker, but also has a spot next to the SEC Network's gameday broadcasts on major university campuses every weekend. Jackson reached out to me this week after seeing my broadcast on Fox 6 WBRC’s Good Day Alabama show Sept. 12 talking about our story about single moms strugglin...
Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, September 19, 2014 9:44:00 AM
Downtown Birmingham signage is getting an infusion of art (Video)
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Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, September 19, 2014 8:37:00 AM
Home Depot data breach affects 56 million customers
Several Home Depot stores in Alabama, along with others around the country, fell victim to a recent data. The breach targeted more than 56 million credit cards, according to a release from Home Depot, which is reportedly much worse than the major breach weathered by the company last year. AL.com also said 23 of the 28 Home Depot stores in Alabama were affected by the breach and that number could grow. Malware was used in the breach, after malicious software was loaded onto point-of-sa...
Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, September 19, 2014 7:31:00 AM
NASA and Boeing's latest contract will not bring new jobs to Alabama
Despite a long-existing partnership between Boeing and NASA to produce aviation and aerospace parts at Huntsville’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the latest contract will send new production jobs to Florida and Texas, but not Alabama. The latest $4.2 billion contract, according to a report from AL.com, will go towards building a new space capsule capable of delivering astronauts to the International Space Station. The report said NASA chose SpaceX and Boeing to build the capsules. Plans ar...
Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, September 19, 2014 7:30:00 AM
Sneak peek: Birmingham banks unveil their branches of the future
Sneak peek: Birmingham banks unveil their branches of the future ...
Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, September 19, 2014 12:18:00 AM
Mercedes adding 200 jobs at Vance plant
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. is once again expanding its workforce in Vance. The automaker said it plans to add about 200 full-time production jobs next year to accommodate rising consumer demand and the recent expansion of its production lineup. The company recently started production of the C-Class and is adding another new model in 2015. This is just the latest in a series of expansions and job announcements for the automaker in Alabama. Growth at the plant has also sparke...
Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, September 18, 2014 8:55:00 PM
Birmingham to host major Southern Baptist Convention meeting
Birmingham has been selected to host the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, which will bring thousands of visitors to the Magic City. About 9,000 delegates are expected to attend the four-day event, which will be held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex from June 9-12. The event is expected to generate more than 15,000 room nights and have an economic impact of more than $6.7 million. “This is a privilege to receive the news that the Southern Baptist Conventio...
Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, September 18, 2014 6:18:00 PM
Would Bo invest in Birmingham? Three questions with Bo Jackson
As one of the greatest athletes of all time, Bo Jackson knows sports. As an investor in a Chicago bank and an entrepreneur, he also knows business. But his first love – at least in the sports world – was track and field, he told an audience of Regions Bank’s clients today. When he was in the third grade, Jackson said he would sneak out of class to go outside with the older kids, and outrun all of them. He later joined the track team. Jackson said he’s always been fast, developing his ...
Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, September 18, 2014 6:08:00 PM
How women can use golf to succeed in Corporate America
Often referred to as “The Language of Business,” golf has been used for years by countless executives for transacting and closing business deals. Men who work in Corporate America, or work independently as entrepreneurs, have done an excellent job of leveraging the benefits that a round of golf can provide. Unfortunately, women have not. As a result, for a very long time, women have been missing out on the opportunities for career growth and business advancement that understanding and ...
Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, September 18, 2014 4:29:00 PM
Barn at Shady Lane to open near Ross Bridge next month
Last December, Michael and Linda Adler sold everything they owned to purchase the eight-acre property at 290 Sunbelt Drive in Oxmoor Valley. Michael, a worship pastor, and Linda, a voice teacher, have officiated and been in weddings for decades, and they always wanted to own their own events venue. And they always wanted it to be a barn. This fall, the couple will begin hosting their first events in their 4,000-square-foot Barn at Shady Lane venue, which will include weddings, recepti...
Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, September 18, 2014 4:29:00 PM
Local startup Spruce launches a multi-tool app platform
A local startup has developed a software platform that will allow businesses using iPads to extend the capabilities of the popular Apple product. Spruce helps businesses with no program or design experience create private, customized apps that can help streamline their operations. "The focus of tablet computing has traditionally been focused on personal use- giving people the ability to watch Netflix, play games, etc.," said Taylor Peake Wyatt, president of Spruce. "Tablets are going to...
Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, September 18, 2014 4:17:00 PM
Where Entrepreneur Accelerator Program graduates are now: Brian Cauble of Intermark
Brain Cauble went through the Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program in 2010, and although he's out of the entrepreneurial game for now, he currently heads the product line for Birmingham-based advertising agency Intermark Group. "I'm very what I call 'intrepreneurial' with my job at Intermark and I launch new products here almost every day," he said. "But before I went through the program I wouldn't be capable of the things I do today." Cauble said after launching his startup company appso...
Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, September 18, 2014 4:10:00 PM
Yo' Mama's restaurant to open in downtown Birmingham
The growing restaurant scene on Second Avenue North is getting another addition. Yo' Mama's is the latest restaurant to announce a fall opening in the up-and-coming downtown district. Owner Denise Peterson said no official date has been set, but the finishing touches are being put on the 2328 Second Ave. N. eatery, and it should be open in the next couple of weeks. Along with her daughter Crystal Peterson, who will be the manager of the 1,376-square-foot restaurant next to Urban Sta...
Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, September 18, 2014 2:33:00 PM
Baptist Health names new chief information officer
Dr. Chris Davis has been tapped as the chief information officer for Baptist Health System. Davis previously served at BHS as the chief medical informatics officer since 2012 but will now take on the responsibilities of CIO as well. “Dr. Davis is a tremendous addition to our leadership team and brings a wealth of strategy and experience that will benefit each of our facilities, primary care network and patients. He will provide comprehensive IT oversight and clinical leadership to our he...
Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, September 18, 2014 1:52:00 PM
Why downtown Birmingham signage is getting an art infusion (Video)
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Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, September 18, 2014 1:17:00 PM
New Southside Taco Bell site sold for $2M
The property housing Birmingham's new Southside Taco Bell has been sold. The Shannon Waltchack-developed restaurant, operated by Tacala LLC, at 2124 Seventh Ave. S. was sold to Tam and Tracy Tran Trust for $2.12 million, according to Jefferson County public records. Tam and Tracy Tran Trust is out of Danville, Calif. The principals at Shannon Waltchack confirmed the sale of the 2,500-square-foot restaurant this week. Shannon Waltchack announced they were putting the property on the ma...
Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, September 18, 2014 12:23:00 PM
What's on the schedule for Birmingham Innovation Week?
Next week, the Birmingham Business Alliance will be directing an event that aims to draw awareness to the city's growing entrepreneurial scene. From Sept. 22-26, Innovation Week Birmingham will bring together many tech companies and local programs for a slew of events, starting with a ribbon cutting ceremony and ending with a job fair and innovation conference headlined by Gov. Robert Bentley. Here's a schedule of notable events and everything you need to know about them. BBA Small Bu...
Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, September 18, 2014 11:43:00 AM
Maynard Cooper adds 8 attorneys
Maynard Cooper & Gale PC added eight new fall associates to its Birmingham and Huntsville offices. All, except one, joined the firm’s Birmingham office. Here are the new associates, along with their respective law school, to its Magic City office: Thomas W.H. (Tommy) Buck Jr. from Emory University School of Law joins the general litigation practice. Joshua (Josh) Hess from the University of Alabama School of Law joins the insurance and financial services litigation practice. Elizabeth...
Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, September 18, 2014 11:37:00 AM
NFL Under Microscope, Roger Goodell Under Scrutiny (Video)
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Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, September 18, 2014 9:10:00 AM
Insomnia Cookies to open at Five Points South
Got a sweet tooth? Insomnia Cookies is about to open its first Birmingham location. Located at 1919 11 th Ave. S. at Five Points South, next to Jimmy John's and across from Jim 'N Nick's, the national chain is currently under construction. Bill Clements and Brooks Corr of Retail Specialists represented the landlord in the lease. Neal Owens of Capital Growth Partners represented the tenant. Locke Construction is handling the building of the 976-square-foot store, which delivers a wi...
Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, September 18, 2014 8:58:00 AM
Coca-Cola site in Huntsville likely to be developed for VBC instead of baseball stadium
The former site of the Coca-Cola bottling facility in Huntsville may be redeveloped, but it is unlikely that any new projects will include a return to baseball for the Rocket City. Rumors are circulating that the potential buyer helped develop Birmingham’s Regions Park, according to a report from AL.com. The report said the site would likely become a mixed-use development for the nearby Von Braun Center. The nine-acre site once held the bottling plant and was viewed by many as the logic...
Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, September 18, 2014 8:57:00 AM
Alabama joins two other states for medicaid transformation policy academy
Alabama, along with two other states, has been selected to participate in a year-long policy academy aimed at helping states work on the delivery of Medicaid services for those in the system. Governor Robert Bentley made the announcement on Wednesday and said the academy is sponsored by the National Governors Association. Nevada and Washington were also selected to participate in the academy and learn ways to speed up statewide Medicaid reforms. “Governors are uniquely situated to look a...
Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, September 18, 2014 8:56:00 AM
Paxen Learning expands footprint in Frank Nelson building
A GED prep program is expanding its footprint in Birmingham. Paxen Learning, a GED Prep Accelerator, which allows learners a second chance at a high school completion, is expanding its space in the historic downtown Frank Nelson building. Located at 2012 Second Ave. N., Paxen Learning will now occupy 1,850 square feet in the building. John Tally and Lochrane Smith of Red Rock Realty Group represented the landlord in the lease, which was signed this week. Paxen's online product is o...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, September 17, 2014 5:56:00 PM
St. Vincent's CEO John O'Neil explains the $15M One Nineteen expansion
St. Vincent's Health System is planning a $15 million, 40,000-square-foot expansion for their One Nineteen campus and I caught up with CEO John O'Neil to find out more on the project. He said the expansion is part of a planning initiative that dates back to when the facility was originally built 10 years ago and that the expansion, which includes an ambulatory surgery center and urgent care center, will provide increased and faster health care options for that community. O'Neil emphasiz...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, September 17, 2014 5:26:00 PM
Hoover development said to be the home of second Sprouts location
The Crossings of Hoover, a retail development at the intersection of John Hawkins Parkway and I-459 in Hoover is confirmed to be the site of Birmingham's second Sprouts Farmers Market. Sprouts did not confirm the location, stating that it typically announces new stores about six months from opening. Donna Egan, a spokesperson for Sprouts did issue a statement on the grocer entering the market. "Sprouts is thrilled to be coming to Birmingham," Egan said."Birmingham city demographics ...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, September 17, 2014 5:04:00 PM
Demolition begins on transit facility
Birmingham's $30 million intermodal facility is one step closer to being built. The former home of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority's AX Central Station is currently being demolished to make room for the new facility, which will merge MAX bus service, Greyhound bus lines and Amtrak. According to a report from AL.com, demolition began this week and will continue gradually throughout the next several weeks. Located at the corner of 18 th Street N. and Morris Ave., prepa...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, September 17, 2014 4:24:00 PM
What could branch of the future concepts mean for consumers?
As I reported yesterday, some financial institutions are reconfiguring their branches to attract tech savvy consumers and also boost operating efficiency. Jim Marous, co-publisher of The Financial Brand and publisher of the Digital Banking Report, said the future branch concept allows banks and credit unions to give their customers the best of both worlds - their neighborhood branch and the convenience and increased functionality of online and mobile banking. He said the objective of most f...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, September 17, 2014 3:37:00 PM
Banana Republic to relocate to make way for Trader Joe's
Trader Joe's first Alabama store will take the space currently occupied by Banana Republic at the The Summit mall in 2015. The popular grocery chain announced its entrance into the Birmingham market this morning in a press release, revealing The Summit as its first location in the state. David Silverstein, principal at Bayer Properties confirmed this afternoon the exact location of the 12,600-square-foot location. Banana Republic will relocate within The Summit to a space near Michael...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, September 17, 2014 3:26:00 PM
Where Entrepreneur Accelerator Program graduates are now: Zhican Qu of Q&Aid Research
Once participants of the Entrepreneur Accelerator Program graduate, the preceding months are critical for them to take the lessons they've learned and apply them to their business model. For Zhican Qu, founder of Q&Aid Research and 2013 EAP graduate, that was marrying her strong science background with the business and marketing skills she would need to compete in the 2014 Silicon Valley Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum Startups Competition. Qu, who had no previous business experien...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, September 17, 2014 2:29:00 PM
Samford continues record enrollment for sixth consecutive year
Samford University has posted another record enrollment with 4,933 students attending for the 2014-2015 fall semester. That's up from 4,833 from last year and is the sixth consecutive year of record enrollment at the university. That total is split between 3,051 undergraduate students and 1,882 graduate and professional students. “The record enrollments that we continue to experience reflect what we have been doing at Samford for 173 years,” said Samford President Andrew Westmoreland.
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, September 17, 2014 12:52:00 PM
Brasfield & Gorrie executives to serve on inaugural ABC conference panels
Birmingham-based Brasfield & Gorrie will send two of it's executives to serve on panels at the inaugural Alabama Facilities & Contractors Conference next week. The event will run Sept. 24-25 and will feature Brasfield & Gorrie vice president Stephen Franklin and operations manager Steve Haney. The conference, put on by the Associated Builders & Contractors Alabama Chapter will be held at the Montgomery Marriott Prattville & Conference Center in the state capital. Haney will serve as a...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, September 17, 2014 12:49:00 PM
REV gives way to Edgar's Bakery, moves up 10 floors
REV Birmingham has moved out of its former space on the first floor of the Financial Center downtown. REV vacated the 3,735-square-foot space two weeks ago to make room for Edgar's Bakery's first downtown location at 505 20 th Street North. REV moved to Suite 1010 on the 10 th floor of the same building, CEO David Fleming told the crowd at Tuesday's Lunch & Learn, a program put on by the Summit Club. “They are planning to move in and be in by the end of the year,” Fleming said. “We ha...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, September 17, 2014 12:42:00 PM
Consider It Joy Baking to open at Shades Mountain Plaza in 2015
Hoover is getting a grain-free bakery. Bluff Park native Elizabeth Wood is bringing her Paleo and gluten-free conducive baked goods to 759 Shades Mountain Plaza in Consider It Joy Baking. The 1,200-square-foot location will replace Ashley Mac's, which will move out at the end of the year. Wood said she is hoping to be open by mid January 2015. Lochrane Smith, with Red Rock Realty Group, negotiated the lease on behalf of the landlord and Consider it Joy Baking. Wood began baking ...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, September 17, 2014 12:17:00 PM
How to craft a new story for Birmingham
Have you seen the billboard or heard the saying, “Will the last person leaving Seattle turn out the lights?” According to Luis Ubinas, former president of the Ford Foundation, 40 years ago cities like New York, San Francisco, Boston and Seattle were broke, had drastic unemployment and residents were leaving. They were considered dying cities. Since then, these cities have rewritten their stories and rebounded. They are comeback towns. But before our minds fly to the idea that Birmingham is ...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, September 17, 2014 11:35:00 AM
History, Health, and Hope
By Anna Claire Conrad Sometimes an internship provides a unique cultural encounter as well as career experience. Just ask Susan Gay, a native of the Caribbean island of Barbados and 2013 UAB alumna, who has spent five months working with Native American tribes in Oklahoma. Gay, who received a master’s in community health education from the School of Education, recently completed a substance-abuse prevention internship with the Tribal Epidemiology Center at the Oklahoma City Area Inter...
UAB Magazine at Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:56:23 PM
Blount County alcohol sales: Alabama Supreme Court to hold session at Samford University on appeal
The Alabama Supreme Court has announced that on Nov. 6 it will hear an appeal of Blount County Circuit Judge Steven King's ruling last fall that paved the way for Oneonta, Blountsville and other towns in the county to hold "wet/dry" votes on whether alcohol should be sold in their communities.   BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Alcohol sales are already underway at some locations in Oneonta, and one Blountsville grocery store...
Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, September 11, 2014 10:12:34 AM
Labor Day: Websites, apps and hotlines to make travel easier
Many states have road condition information available by phone and via smartphone apps. As the Labor Day holiday and college football season kick off, the region's roadways will be under added pressure  during the next few days as travelers head to their destinations. If traveling by car, as AAA estimates 30 million people will do this weekend, many states provide road conditions and travel information by dialing 511. Many st...
Birmingham News/AL.com at Friday, August 29, 2014 1:02:07 PM
Truth and Consequences
Building a Game to Fight the Rural AIDS Epidemic By Matt Windsor Comfort Enah, Ph.D., a researcher in the UAB School of Nursing, can't build a time machine to help teens avoid making bad decisions in the future. So she's creating the next best thing: a video game. Working with a team from the UAB School of Engineering, Enah is crafting a simulation of the challenges of modern teen life—including social media shaming, drug and alcohol use, dating boundaries, and the wildfire sprea...
UAB Magazine at Thursday, August 28, 2014 3:36:25 PM
Fun College Activities That Every Student Should Do
With a new and independent life in college, students sometimes look for ways to have fun and to be with their new college classmates. There are a lot of great ways to enjoy college life and here are some of these great college activities; Watch a late night movie premier with your friends New movies […]...
Birmingham Weekly at Wednesday, August 27, 2014 11:48:29 AM
Leading an Evolution
Leading an Evolution Coach Bill Clark Challenges the Blazers By Cary Estes • Photo by Steve Wood Among the items on display in the office of new UAB head football coach Bill Clark is a quote given to him by his father, longtime Alabama high-school coach Ragan Clark, who had received it from his own father: “What a man learns after he thinks he knows it all is what counts.” Bill Clark says the quote sums up his attitude throughout his nearly 25-year coaching career. “We never a...
UAB Magazine at Friday, August 15, 2014 4:16:29 PM
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Birmingham Weekly at Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:42:06 AM
San Francisco Elections Promise $15 Minimum Wage
San Francisco is known to have the highest wage floor in the US and lately San Francisco Mayor, Ed Lee has mentioned a consensus measure that he would boost the city’s minimum wage to $15. This wage increase will reach full implementation before similar wage increases will be provided in Seattle. This significant wage increase […]...
Birmingham Weekly at Monday, August 11, 2014 12:59:32 AM
Liquid Chemistry
The Flavorful Science Behind Beer and Coffee By Clair McLafferty • Illustration by Jessica Huffstutler If you’ve never heard of zymurgy , you aren’t alone. But if you’ve ever tasted a beer, you’ve experienced it: Zymurgy is the science of fermentation. For Tracy Hamilton, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, zymurgy is also a passion—and the topic of lectures he presents around the country for the American Chemical Society (ACS).
UAB Magazine at Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:17:37 PM
The Buzz About Chikungunya
The Buzz About Chikungunya How the emerging virus arrived in America—and how UAB will help fight it By Charles Buchanan • Illustrations by Ron Gamble and Laura Hannah Don’t blame chickens for chikungunya, the virus making headlines for its spread in the United States in 2014. Rather, its winged carriers include mosquitoes and a far more effective disease distributor: air passengers. At the beginning of August 2014, the 50 states were reporting nearly 400 cases of the disease, ...
UAB Magazine at Monday, August 04, 2014 4:34:32 PM

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